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Oct 24th

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Searching for African American Descendants of Fergus Falls, Minnesota

We are planning a historical trip to Fergus Falls, MN, August 20-21, 2010.  This trip will include a visit with the Historical Society on Friday, Aug. 20, to learn how and when Blacks came to Fergus Falls, primarily from Kentucky; a trip to the cemetery and a tour of where Blacks lived, went to school, worked, and worshiped.  There will be a picnic Saturday, Aug. 21 at Pebble Lake.  Please contact Jeff  Tate at (612) 281-1052, Jon Anderson at (612) 919-6735 or Sylvia Loveless Amos at (612) 302-3102 for more information.
 

Donna Dempewolf leads inclusive congregation

Donna Dempewolf leads inclusive congregationThe Rev. Donna Dempewolf joined Living Spirit United Methodist Church on July 1, 2010 as the new Pastor. Living Spirit UMC is committed to serving all of God’s children by breaking barriers of race, class, ethnicity, and fear. The congregation is a culturally and racially diverse, inclusive community. It was formed by the joining together of the former Asbury UMC and Oakland UMC churches in 2009.

“I’m looking forward to meeting neighbors and friends in South Minneapolis. Our diversity is a gift from God, something we must simply celebrate,” said Dempewolf. “My life has been enriched by the people I’ve met along the way, especially those whose backgrounds differ from my own.”
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Dog park proposal meeting

The Minneapolis Park Board will host a community conversation on a proposal for a dog park on Thursday, July 22,, from 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Martin Luther King Park Rec Center, 4055 Nicollet Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The Park Board currently has installed dog parks in 4 of its 6 park districts. One area not served by a dog park is south central and southwest Minneapolis.

Neighbors from Kingfield and Bryant neighborhoods have organized to request support from the Park Board for a dog park location in MLK Park. Three potential locations have been proposed:  1) The NE corner of the park (behind the tennis bubble and next to the pedestrian bridge over I-35W); 2) The SW corner of the park (along the soundwall near 42nd Street); 3) The NW corner of the park (at the corner of Nicollet and 40th Street).
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Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison announce $1.2 Million for bus service improvement in Twin Cities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Congressman Keith Ellison announced today that the Department of Transportation has awarded the Metropolitan Council in St. Paul $1.2 million to expand the use of transit signal priority and improve bus service between neighborhoods, commercial areas, and high-population centers.

“Projects like these create jobs and bolster a transportation network that thousands of Minnesotans have come to rely on,” Klobuchar said. “By investing in our infrastructure today, we are laying the groundwork to address Minnesota’s transportation needs in the future.”
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Simone McIntosh competes for The Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/Saint Paul Title

Simone McIntosh competes for The Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis/Saint Paul TitleSimone McIntosh of Brooklyn Park was recently selected to participate in Nationals’ 2010 Miss Jr. Teen Minneapolis / Saint Paul pageant competition that will take place on July 18, 2010. Simone learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition as Nationals, Inc. announced their selections on Monday afternoon. Simone submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Minneapolis / Saint Paul Pageant Coordinator.

Simone will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies between the ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines which include casual wear and formal wear. She will also compete for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Most importantly, Simone will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Minneapolis / Saint Paul judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.
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Zulu District preparing youth for leadership

Zulu District preparing youth for leadershipAfrican American boys are in a single-file line and stand focused, uniformed, and serious. They are in the middle of a Cub Scouts flag ceremony in their regular meeting place at Harvest Preparatory School in North Minneapolis. The boys, ranging in age from 6 to 10, are a part of Cub Scouts Pack 694 under the Zulu District, in the Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America. A quick glance of the room’s periphery shows a handful of supportive men and women, including parents and relatives who encourage the boys to live by principles of the organization. By participation, each Cub Scout universally pledges, “I promise to live my best, to do my duty to God and my country, to other people, and to obey the Law of the Pack.”
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2nd Annual Cops-n-Kids Fishing Tournament

2nd Annual Cops-n-Kids Fishing TournamentBrooklyn Park police officers took off their uniforms, threw on a t-shirt and shorts and took 100 of the City’s neediest kids fishing at Champlin Mill Pond (Doris A. Kemp Park) in Champlin last month.

It was all part of a community outreach effort to show children between the ages of 7 and 12 that police officers not only protect and serve, but love to fish.

Each child was assigned to an officer who taught them the basics of fishing. At the end of the event, an awards ceremony was held where kids were awarded prizes for the biggest fish.

As part of the event, each child received a rod, reel and tackle box to take home, courtesy of Target. Cabela’s and Dairy Queen also donated supplies and food for the event.

The event was the brainstorm of Lieutenant Mark Bruley, who is the police department’s SWAT commander and an avid, award winning
fisherman.
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